An investigation of the immunological and respiratory effects among workers exposed to engineered nanoparticles
NHMRC Grant 1023785
The Monash Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health (MonCOEH) obtained research funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council to study the exposure to engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) and possible health effects among ENP-exposed workers.
Our goal was to assess whether workers who are exposed to engineered nano particles are at risk of changes in inflammatory markers in blood and exhaled breath compared to unexposed workers.
The exposure to nano particle workers was assessed at participating research sites where ENPs are being manufactured or used. A confidential report of exposure measurements was provided to each research site.
The assessment was carried out using:
A personal sampler which counts the number of particles from 10 to 300 nm (Phillips Aerasense NanoTracer). This is a direct reading monitor, and can provide data in 5 minute averages continuously over a full work-shift.
A direct reading air monitoring device (the TSI 3007 Ultrafine Particle Counter, which counts number of particles from 20 nm to 1000 nm).
A Portable Dust Monitor (TSI 8532) which measures the mass concentration in mg.m-3 of PM2.5 and PM10 of dust in air.
Meet the team
Associate Professor Deborah Glass, MonCOEH
Professor Malcolm Sim, Director of MonCOEH
Professor Michael Abramson, Deputy Head of Department SPHPM
Professor Magda Plebanski, Department of Immunology
Professor Brian Priestly, MonCOEH
Dr Martine Dennekamp, MonCOEH
Dr Mahjabeen Mahzar, MonCOEH
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Ethics approval has been granted by the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee